\ ˈvīn How to pronounce vine (audio) \

Definition of vine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a plant whose stem requires support and which climbs by tendrils or twining or creeps along the ground also : the stem of such a plant
b : any of various sprawling herbaceous plants (such as a tomato or potato) that lack specialized adaptations for climbing


vined; vining

Definition of vine (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to form or grow in the manner of a vine

Examples of vine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This 12″ x 5″ fruit bowl can house various sized fruits in its spacious main chamber, while the removable hanger can hold hanging fruit like bananas, grapes, or pretty much anything else that can be grown from a vine. Tim Kohut, BGR, 17 June 2021 At less-than-grocery-store prices, food from community gardens is healthier because it's cut from the vine the day it's purchased, Poke said. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 11 May 2021 Even under a microscope, the single-file lines of cells are nearly indistinguishable from the vine’s own. Quanta Magazine, 21 Apr. 2021 And then most of the time projects just kind of die on the vine and people move on to other things. Diana Tsai, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 The Stop Wall Street Looting Act was first introduced in 2019, only to die on the vine due to lack of support. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 All have taken a hit, whether through the intentional fallowing of crops that farmers cannot water or fruit simply withering on the vine, depending on where the crops sit. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 Ben Ritz, the director of the Center for Funding America’s Future at the Progressive Policy Institute, argues that Republicans could easily allow these programs to wither on the vine. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 What to do this week Pinch off fruitless ends of tomato plants to give ripening tomatoes on the vine more sun and energy., 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gardeners can also use hanging baskets of strawberries, where the fruit will vine downward and make harvesting easier. oregonlive, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of vine


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vine


Middle English, from Anglo-French vigne, from Latin vinea vine, vineyard, from feminine of vineus of wine, from vinum wine — more at wine

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“Vine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vine

: a plant that has very long stems and that grows along the ground or up and around something (such as a wall or tree)


\ ˈvīn How to pronounce vine (audio) \

Kids Definition of vine

: a plant whose stem requires support and which climbs by tendrils or twining or creeps along the ground

Other Words from vine

vinelike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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